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January 31, 2013
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Recruiting & Retention 
  • The unintended consequences of hiring only for fit
    The most suitable job candidates in many industries often have a common personality flaw, write Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan. For instance, workers who gravitate toward airport-security jobs tend to be "sticklers for rules" but can lack customer-service skills, Fisman and Sullivan write. This phenomenon is particularly troubling in fields such as law enforcement, where a violent predisposition can translate to a certain proficiency and passion for the job, they write. The Atlantic online (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Recruiting tips for when your company is in disarray
    If your company is going through a rough patch, look for candidates with consulting experience, Jackye Clayton suggests. "They are used to going into crazy environments who are crying out for help," Clayton writes. Don't lie about your company's troubles, or else your new hires will soon turn into disgruntled employees and further drag down your company's culture, she writes. (1/30)
Benefits & Compensation 
  • Does salary transparency pay off?
    Data analytics company SumAll allows employees to look up colleagues' salaries and bonuses, a strategy that CEO Dane Atkinson believes improves efficiency. Other startups have found such salary transparency doesn't always pay off as it restricts their ability to offer more compensation to top talent. The Wall Street Journal (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How the Affordable Care Act could alter retirement benefits
    A tax provision in the Affordable Care Act could change employers' calculations for providing compensation and retirement benefits, writes Casey Mulligan of the University of Chicago. Under a change set to take effect next year, employees' wages and salaries will determine their eligibility for health insurance premium subsidies, but employers' pension contributions will not factor into that calculation. "Even though the Affordable Care Act is known as a health-insurance law, in effect it could be paying for a large portion of employer contributions to pension plans," Mulligan writes. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Economix blog (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Regulatory & Legal Update 
  • EEOC to focus on hiring
    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's top priorities for next few years include "eliminating barriers in recruitment and hiring," which means employers would be wise to review their on-boarding and selection processes, experts say. Human Resource Executive (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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The HR Leader 
  • Are you a gracious boss?
    Bosses often focus so much on showing their strength and assertiveness that they forget to be gracious, writes Kevin Daum. Traits such as humility, empathy and a willingness to defer to others are important parts of modern leadership, Daum argues. "Simply put, the most gracious and powerful leaders are the ones who understand when to step back as a follower and let the most appropriate person lead," he writes. Inc. online (free registration) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Workplace Chatter 
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Nationwide Contract Owner Operator Recruiter -Full or Part Time Paramount Freight Systems LLCDallas/Fort Worth, TX
Director, Human ResourcesFiservNorcross, GA
Sr. HR Generalist - RSSP Human Resources UC BerkeleyBerkeley, CA
Corporate Recruiter (14-050)BioClinicaNewtown, PA
Human Resources Coordinator Phoenix Park HotelWashington, DC
Chief Human Resources OfficerAmerican Bar Association Greater Chicago Area, IL
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